Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Mrs. Claus on the Farm- A Barnyard Christmas Freebie

  No Christmas on the farm would be complete without Mrs. Claus. 



Last week I posted Santa on the Farm who had his trusty hen, Harriet at his side. Click Santa on the Farm to go to that post. 



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Well Mrs. Claus has her farmyard friends, Dickens and Belle,  by her side too. Actually the pup and cat were modeled after my long passed pets, Molly the dog and Kat , but it would be fun for you to personalize them by using the colors of your own pets. If I  had not been modeling the pets after our own, I would have probably chosen different colors for the cat and dog.




These are small stitches just like the other ornaments  with a design size of 31 x 31. I stitched mine on 14 count aida which would bring the measurement to 2 1/4" x 2 1/4". 

I stitched 2 of these ornaments in a day- so they are quick stitches. 

One is stitched on coffee/tea dyed aida and the other on Rit Emerald Green dyed fabric. 

Both ornaments are finished on homespun covered foam and mat board. The raffia and jute cording came from the Dollar Tree. I also twisted homespun into cording to embellish the edges.  The pretty red ribbon is from the Dollar General. 

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If you are interested in adding Mrs. Claus to your Christmas stitching , check out the pdf's below. 

For instructions pdf , click here  . 



For the color pdf chart, click  here  . 



For the black and white pdf chart,  click  here 



Did you know that there have been several ornaments that I have designed in this series? I am designing these for my 2020 Christmas tree which will be in the farm theme. I have posted the instructions for those designs here on my blog. If you are interested, you can check out those posts by clicking on the name of  each design. They are Chicken Sled,  Santa's Ride ,  Special Delivery , Christmas BarnChristmas BucketChristmas Tractor , and  Santa on the Farm . I had originally planned on 12 ornaments , but I am going to plug away on them as long as I am inspired.  Since I know that I have got at least 5 more ornament designs to do, I have been stitching the borders up for each ornament and later putting in the designs. This makes it even quicker once I have the design charted out.  I usually take this project  with me as a car trip stitch. It is easy because I have the border memorized and there is only one floss color. 

I thought I would leave you with some interesting Mrs. Santa Claus Facts that I learned. 

    1. Mrs. Claus is a fairly new addition to the story of Santa Claus. Mrs. Claus was first mentioned in a short publication called A Christmas Legend  by James Rees in 1849. She was not mentioned by name until 1851 though. 

2. In the 20th century Mrs. Claus's character grew and she began to have some of her own adventures  such as in 1923 The Great Adventure of Mrs. Santa  Claus  and the 1960's book How Mrs. Santa Claus Saved Christmas. 

3 . In the 1970 stop animated film Santa Claus is Comin to Town, we were introduced to Jessica a school teacher who later became Mrs. Claus. This was always a childhood favorite for me. 

  Ya'll have a wonderful week and as always...

Happy Stitching, ya'll

Melisa


13 comments:

  1. thank you so much for sharing your beautiful patterns with us

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    1. You are so welcome and thank you for stopping in and visiting. It truly means the world to me. I hope you found something to add to your stitch list. Happy stitching, Melisa

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  2. Melisa, Your patterns are adorable and you are so generous to share them with us. Thank you! I hope you have a great day!

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    1. You are so sweet. Thank you so much for your kind words and for visiting me. It has been a joy to share these little designs. Have a lovely day, Hugs, Melisa

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  3. Mrs. Claus is a cutie, Melisa. Well done!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, @illinoisstitcher gave me the idea for a Mrs. Claus and I was just tickled to pink to start stitching her. Hugs, Melisa

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  4. So glad Santa now has a Mrs. Santa to keep him company, Melisa!! Such a pretty addition to your charts--thank you! ♥

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    1. Lol Santa definitely needs Mrs. Claus to keep him going. She was so much fun to stitch up. I can not wait to get her on my tree. Hugs, Melisa.

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  5. Absolutely love this...such a sweet stitch and just the right size for gifting !
    Thank you sew much !

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  6. Aah thank you so much, Joan. She would be an awesome little to stitch as a gift. My sisters and I exchange ornaments every year. I might have to stitch one of these for them. Hugs, Melisa

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  7. So cute! I can't wait to stitch this pair up.

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  8. Melisa,
    These are so adorable!! I so wish I could do this type of stitchery....
    Thanks for visiting!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  9. I love your Christmas Down on the Farm Ornaments and have saved them all. Thank you for posting them, but the thing that surprised me the most was the little white kitten with the candle you have posted. I received this as a Christmas card in 1949 and it has hung on my tree each year ever since. Thank you for making an old woman's day.

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